Today, we celebrate, Navami. The 9th day of Navratri.
The ( idol) Goddess arrives on the golden Chariot, defeating the demon king. This win over the evil is celebrated by one and all.
I become part of such a procession which is held to celebrate this victory.
Amongst the crowd I see Her, unbothered, she dances.
It’s her way to rejoice.
Her moves sensuous, balancing the flower pot on her head, she sways.
Seeing her curves, the crowd goes berserk.
“Abundance in life is what you offered,
You the mother, WE the kids.
You are just,
Caring your nature, you treat us as equals”… a mild song is played in the backdrop, praising the Goddess.
She swings to the tune, ignoring the stare of the eyes around her.
Amongst the crowd, a voice whispers, in a tone of ridicule, to the other,“She’s a Third Gender” pointing at the dancer.
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